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Algarve Authorities Abandon National Heritage Site asks why the authorities in the Algarve's Monchique hills are allowing a disused 17th century convent to fall into ruins, whilst 120kms east in Tavira, a similar building has been preserved over the years by a succession of owners and is currently up for sale at €2.25m.

Monchique - Nossa Senora do Desterro17th century Franciscan convent - Nossa Senhora de Desterro (Our Lady of Exile) is one of the region's remaining examples of Manueline architecture. It was built by order of a Viceroy of India, Pêro da Silva, who is believed to have planted the massive magnolia tree in the grounds and it's said that he was later buried here.

The great earthquake in 1755 left the convent badly damaged and, following the abolition of religious orders in 1834, its altar pieces and statues were moved to other churches. The convent's Manueline style carved stonework is worn, but still distinguishable. A vaulted ceiling and many of the structure's arches are largely intact. There are enough tiles remaining to make out a scene of the last supper on one of the inner walls and the upper part of a blue tiled cross is very likely the remnants of what had once been the convent's 14 Stations of the Cross – a path of devotion introduced by the Franciscans, which became common practice in the Roman Catholic religion.

 According to Wikipedia Convento Nossa Senhora de Desterro was afforded heritage site protection in 1981 under registration number 70937. However the link is invalid and the registration page no longer seems to exist on the IGESPAR website.

An article published in the local English paper – The Algarve Resident – in January 2012, stated that in 1985 the convent was purchased from its private owners by the local council - Monchique Câmara.

The Câmara put the reconstruction of the building to tender in 2003 and, in 2004, a project to convert the monument into a luxury 24-room hotel with a swimming pool was approved by the IGESPAR. The planned project would aim to maintain the facade of the convent and retain and restore the building's original features. But, the plans were put on hold. An online petition to preserve the convent, was started by the convent's defenders and promoted by The Algarve Resident, but it has collected only 207 signatures to date. director, Anita van Huson comments: "Ironically, east of Faro near Tavira, known as the 'Venice of the Algarve', lies the Convent de Santo António. The convent was built in 1612 by Capuchin monks, was transformed into a private residence in the 1800s and then restored and opened as an eight bedroom boutique hotel in 1994. It's is currently up for sale on at €2.25m."

Ms van Huson continues: "From a personal perspective, there are so many questions I'd like answered. For starters, why are the remains of this wonderful landmark being allowed to fall deeper and deeper into a state of disrepair and why was the heritage listing cancelled around the same time the Câmara took possession and obtained development permission?" And she adds: "From a business perspective, would love to be able to market this property to a buyer who might invest the time and money to restore this fabulous building to a useful purpose, thereby saving another piece of Algarvean heritage".

At the time of issuing this press release, despite several attempts to obtain information on the status of the Convento Nossa Senhora de Desterro, has been unable to obtain a statement from the Monchique Câmara or the IGESPAR. The Regional Director for the Direção Regional de Cultura do Algarve, the arm of the Government responsible for the promotion of culture in the region, responded saying that the building was not owned by the Direção Regional da Cultura do Algarve and they had no plans for it. They referred us back to Monchique Câmara.

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Editors notes
IGESPAR - Portuguese Institute of Architectural heritage – is the government arm of Portugal's heritage protection and has laws and information which explain what a heritage site is, and how to protect such buildings and locations.

Meravista is the world's largest property portal devoted exclusively to the Algarve. It brings visitors the latest state-of-the art search technology, making it easy for them to find their perfect property in the Algarve.

Property buyers can search for their retirement Quinta in Tavira, luxury villa in Quinta do Lago, a second home in Lagos or a beachfront apartment in Vilamoura.

They can choose their favourite location on the map, select their desired criteria, and see the Algarve properties that fit the bill:

  • View maps, listings and property details at the same time
  • Choose from over 21000 Algarve properties
  • Compare properties side by side
  • Save favourite properties and searches


AFPOP IRS Seminars 2015

AFPOPafpop and euroFINESCO IRS Seminars

For the 19th consecutive year the afpop Tax Seminars have been organised in association with euroFinesco and will take place at the end of January and beginning of February 2015. These seminars will come at a very opportune time for anyone with tax reporting obligations in Portugal.

The dates for the seminars are:

  • Tuesday 27th January at Boavista Golf Club Lagos
  • Thursday 29th January at the Vila Gale Hotel, Tavira
  • Tuesday 3rd February at the Conrad Hotel, Quinta do Lago.

All seminars will start at 11 am, registration and coffee from 10:30

Attendance at the Seminars will cost 15 euros for afpop Members (5 euros for a second Member per booking) and 30 euros for non-Members.

The afpop Tax Seminars provide the information which residents in Portugal and people moving to Portugal need; about their individual obligations for presenting their Tax Declarations to the Finanças; the tax rates and personal allowances that are available; ways to submit annual Declarations, double taxation treaties; the penalties for either false declaration or late submissions and upcoming changes in legislation.

The presenters from euroFinesco are there to give impartial advice about all matters to do with individual taxation. They will answer questions which are considered of general interest in the open forum and are also on hand to give more specific personal advice, after the group session has been completed. Where such advice would require the euroFinesco staff to undertake enquiries on behalf of the individual, this would have to be done on a professional basis outside of the seminar. Where they are able to offer advice about an individual or unusual circumstance, they are generally happy to do so at the seminar.

For people who have any doubts about their legal obligations, or who have concerns about their ability to complete their Tax Return without guidance, the afpop Tax Seminars are essential. For those people who cannot attend, but would like the information, the packs will once again be available after the event at the cost of seminar attendance.

Bookings for these seminars can be made by email to or by phoning the afpop office on 282 458 509. Payment can be made in advance by cheque or bank transfer, or in cash at the seminar registration on the day.


XV Christmas Market in Aljezur on 12 - 14 December 2014

The Christmas Fair Aljezur 2014 will be held from 12 to 14 December 2014 at the Multipurpose space Aljezur (in the restaurant area), with support from City Hall and the Parish Council Aljezur, showing local products and Handicraft.

Aljezur Christmas Market 2014

More informations can be found on the Tertúlia-Associação Aljezur website.


No shortage of Golden Visa property in the Algarve

Luís Lima, president of the Portuguese association for real estate agents (APEMIP), recently spoke of a lack of high value property for sale in parts of the Algarve, which could threaten the future of the Government's Golden Residence Permit Programme: Meravista, the Algarve's biggest property portal, disagrees.

The Government's Golden Residence Permit Programme was launched in 2012. One requirement to qualify for a Permit is the investment of €500,000 or more in Portuguese property. So far, a total of 1,649 'Golden Visas' have been issued. Of those, 1,563 were via property investments and 80% of investors were Chinese.

In Luís Lima's opening speech at the Salão Imobiliário de Portugal conference and exhibition in Lisbon last month, he expressed concern that this successful initiative could be halted by a dearth of properties in the required price bracket and suggested that someone ought to invest in urban regeneration, and fast.

The APEMIP president included Lisbon, Cascais and 'desirable' parts of the Algarve in his list of areas where there was a shortage of properties on the market priced in excess of half a million euros.

Algarve property specialist Meravista doesn't agree that there's a shortage of high end property for sale in the region's sought-after locations. Meravista director, Anita van Huson, comments: "A quick search of Meravista's property map should be reassurance enough that there are many suitable properties for sale - in the Algarve at least." She explained: "We currently have 3000 properties in our database valued at half a million euros or more and that's not counting commercial property or plots of land. In Loulé alone, which covers the Golden Triangle resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, we can offer buyers 1092* exclusive homes."

Examples of property considered suitable by Meravista for Golden Residence Programme investors include the following:

Lagos property AlgarveLuxury living in Lagos

This spacious and immaculately presented four bedroom property on the outskirts of Lagos is on the market for €995,000. It has many stunning features and is close to Boa Vista golf course and all main amenities.

Loule property AlgarveTwo for the price of one

This farmhouse-style property, in picturesque Vale Telheiro, comprises two separate houses with an inviting pool in the middle. It's about 1.5km from the centre of Loulé and a short drive from beaches, golf courses and Faro Airport. A bargain at €590,000.

Almancil property AlgarveHaven in the hills

This restored and refurbished home is priced at €850,000. Located in the hills of Vale Formosa, close to Almancil, it's only 5 minutes' drive from restaurants and shops, 8 km from beaches, golf courses, Quinta do Lago / Vale do Lobo resorts and 15 km from Faro airport.

Quinta do Lago property AlgarveShake hands with the celebrities

It's all about location. This magnificent new home is in the sought-after Quinta do Lago resort – favoured by celebrities across the globe. It adjoins the Quinta do Lago golf course and has just about everything you could wish for, except maybe the €4.5m price tag!

Ms van Huson continued: "It's easy for buyers to find property in their preferred area at a price to meet their budget, as well as the golden visa criterion. They simply need to select their price range then zoom in on the map location to view the range of homes available." She concluded: "As well as property in the better-known coastal resorts, there are many excellent homes priced between €500,000 and €1m in the hills and countryside around popular towns such as Tavira and Silves. That's the beauty of Meravista, it lets buyers shop around in the comfort of their own living room, whether that living room be in Ireland, France or China."

For further information contact Anita van Huson

*Based on Meravista's database of 25063 properties. Correct at 22.10.14

The properties featured in this blog were listed for sale on Meravista at the time of publication, but may have since been sold or removed from the website.

About Meravista

Meravista is the world's largest property portal devoted exclusively to the Algarve. It brings visitors the latest state-of-the art search technology, making it easy for them to find their perfect property in the Algarve.

Property buyers can search for their retirement Quinta in Tavira, luxury villa in Quinta do Lago, a second home in Lagos or a beachfront apartment in Vilamoura.

They can choose their favourite location on the map, select their desired criteria, and see the Algarve properties that fit the bill:

  • View maps, listings and property details at the same time
  • Choose from over 15000 Algarve properties
  • Compare properties side by side
  • Save favourite properties and searches



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